Ca Maria Adele
The hotel looks onto a narrow canal, where guests can arrive by water taxi, and is next to the beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute.
Each room is individually decorated, ranging from calm, neutral tones to the opulent red, gold and chocolate colours of the five themed rooms. Bathrooms come with large Jacuzzi-baths. The stylish breakfast room, with its Murano glass chandelier, doubles as a bar in the evenings, and there is a rug-strewn terrace with fine views. On the ground floor is a cosy sitting room. Ca Maria Adele is well placed for exploring the sights of the city, with the Guggenheim Foundation just around the corner and St Mark's Square a couple of minutes' away by boat across the mouth of the Grand Canal.
Why We Love It
A design hotel housed in a restored 16th-century palazzo tucked away in the charming Dorsoduro district and one of our favourites in Venice.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
In a city where space is a luxury, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani has no rivals. It is located in historic buildings surrounded by gardens at the tip of Giudecca Island, and enjoys wonderful views across the water to St. Mark's Square.
Giudecca was once full of gardens which provided a peaceful retreat for the Venetian nobility, and the Belmond Hotel Cipriani fulfils a similar function for modern-day visitors wishing to escape the crowded main island. There are a variety of rooms overlooking the gardens or lagoon, and two 15th-century palazzos house some truly stunning suites - the ultimate rooms with a view.
Facilities include an Olympic size swimming pool with filtered seawater, and a clay tennis court - the only one in central Venice. The hotel even has its own vineyard, which still produces wine for the Belmond Hotel Cipriani's cellars. The restaurants offer formal and informal dining, either indoors or outdoors on terraces or in the gardens. In-room dining is also available, and there is a cocktail bar and an elegant piano bar.
Why We Love It
One of the great hotels of the world, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani was opened in 1958 by Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of Harry's Bar.
Bauer Il Palazzo
Just a two minute walk from St Mark's Square and located slap bang on the canal, Bauer il Palazzo's position is fantastic.
The 74 rooms are adorned with gilt mirrors, carved stucco ceilings and elaborately patterned silk wallpapers, all in keeping with the 18th century splendour of the Palazzo. Most rooms have a balcony overlooking the canal below and all have large, luxurious Italian marble bathrooms.
Guests can enjoy an impressive view of the city while having breakfast at Settimo Cielo, literally translating as seventh floor, whilst the restaurant De Pisis offers Mediterranean specialities with an Asian twist and has an outdoor terrace on the Grand Canal. Il Palazzo has two bars: Red Bar Canale plays live music every night and the livelier B Bar is perfect for aperitifs and cocktails in the evening.
Facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi,
Why We Love It
The hotel's location means guests are at the centre of the action. Ask the knowledgeable concierge what's on.
A beautiful 16th century Palladian palace on the island of Giudecca, Bauer Palladio is just a quick hop across the Grand Canal to St Mark's square.
Rooms are split between the historic main building, dating back to the 16th century, and the more modern conventino set in the gardens. As befitted by their surroundings, rooms in the original building are adorned with tapestries and decorated with intricate Venetian detail, while the rooms and suites in the conventino are more contemporary and colonial in style.
The hotel's restaurant, L'Ulivo, serves light, fresh meals using local fruit and vegetables, seafood and regional wines, The outdoor terrace is a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, and overlooks the hotel's beautiful gardens.
Bauer Palladio's spa offers a wide variety of treatments, private yoga and kinesis training. Outside there's an orchard, flowerbeds a plenty, vegetable gardens and luscious green lawns.
Why We Love It
Bauer Palladio is housed in one of Venice's most historically important palaces, designed by its namesake Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
Live like a Venetian noble at the Ca'Sagredo, a private 15th century palazzo on the banks of the Grand Canal.
This 5 star residence oozes old world charm and is perfectly positioned for exploring the delights of Venice. The 42 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, with marble bathrooms, views of Venice's rooftops or the Grand Canal, and original features that have been skilfully restored. The elegant suites are individually decorated, with precious silks, gilt mirrors and floor to ceiling windows complementing the Byzantine architecture.
The celebrity chef Michele Potenza sources ingredients daily at the famous Rialto market and produces creative menus for his l'Alcova restaurant, which has a sunny terrace right on the Grand Canal. No need to venture far for an aperitif - the hotel bar l'Incontro serves a wide range of cocktails and Italian wines.
The magical city of Venice is very accessible, and the Ca Sagredo is right in the midst of the action. Opposite the historical Rialto market and close to the Campo Santa Sofia and St Mark's Square, the area is trendy and atmospheric. The palazzo itself houses many works of 16th and 17th century artwork by Venetians Ricci, Bambini and Longhi, displayed in the ornate ballroom and suites.
Why We Love It
Ca'Sagredo has recently been declared a national monument, ensuring the continued preservation of this historical and beautiful building.